Tag Archives: Encouragement

01 Sep

Moving Beyond Discouragement – Staying Power!

“BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO PERSERVERES UNDER TRIAL…” (JAS 1:12)

2013 (8-31-2013) Renew Strength

We Christians have many reasons to celebrate. God is in His heaven; Christ has risen, and we are the sheep of His flock. That’s reason in itself to daily celebrate. Yet sometimes, even the most devout believers may become discouraged. After all, we live in a world where expectations can be high and demands can be even higher.

A lot of folks fail to meet the expectations of others (or, for that matter, the expectations that we have for ourselves), we may be tempted to abandon hope. But God has other plans. He knows exactly how He intends to use us. Our task is to remain faithful until He does.

If you have become discouraged with the direction of your day or your life, turn your thoughts and prayers to God. He is a God of possibility, not negativity. He will help you count your blessings instead of your hardships. And then, with a renewed spirit of optimism and hope, you can properly thank Him for His blessings, His love and His Son.

“The fact that you have been knocked down is interesting – but the length of time you stay down – is all that’s really important.” I can’t recall the author who wrote or spoke these words but I remember the words well. You need to reconcile yourself to the fact that as you travel through life, you’ll have problems, and you’ll stumble. I believe the question here is, are you going to stay down, or are you going to get back up and keep on going? A lot of folks have been down so long that they’re comfortable there ~ and they’ll even trip you up just to have company. Watch out for these kinds of people!

These scriptures will give you staying power to reach your goal and move beyond the discouragement when it comes for a visit. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe….he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock…I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Ps 27:5, 13). “Blessed is the man who preservers under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him” (Jas 1:12). “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Ps 73:26). “…Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (Heb 10: 35-26).

Corrie ten Boom so beautifully stated…”The strength that we claim from God’s Word does not depend on circumstances. Circumstances will be difficult, but our strength will be sufficient.”

These promises are yours; claim them today!

2013 (8-31-2013) Pictures of me in the backyard 005My Prayer of Grace Today ~ Dear Lord, when I am discouraged, give me perspective and faith. When I am weak, give me strength. When I am fearful, give me courage for the day ahead. I will trust in Your promises and live with the assurance that You are with me not only for this day, but also throughout all eternity. Amen!

 

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06 May

Open the Garden Gate – Join Me For Coffee!

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“God has promised that He will never leave you or forsake you. No matter what you go through in life, you don’t have to go through it alone.”  ~ Joyce Meyer

2013 (5-5-2013) Coffee in the garden picture

 

It’s a perfect day for coffee in the garden…
Please join me ♥♥
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….…)… …((* ✿ Good Morning , wishing ALL✿            
……((….…♥) a beautiful day!✿
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2013 (5-5-2013) Birdhouse  and beautiful flowers

 

♥As you begin your day….
Look around, and focus on                                                            
the small blessings that you
may take for granted each day!
We all have so much to be thankful for!
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*Psalms 119:11 – Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

2013 (5-5-2013) Lots of wisteria growing

 

Where hope grows, miracles blossom.
~Elna Rae~

 

 

 

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
~ Colossians 3:2
Nothing satisfies like Jesus !…♥

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Faith Full ~ If YOU could view yourself through the eyes of Jesus, YOU would know how precious you truly are ♥

2013 (5-5-2013) wooden bird house - blue bird and church

I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize the Lord is able to carry out His will, and His will is mine. It makes no matter where He places me, or how. That is rather for Him to consider than for me; for in the easiest positions He gives me His grace, and in the most difficult, His grace is suffice ~(Artist: Sam Timm)~

 

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Always TRUST in the Lord! He has wonderful plans for your life if you allow Him room to be top priority as Lord of your life. He desires to prosper you in ways that you can not even comprehend. He wants to give you hope and a future that will be fulfilling…TRUST HIM!

 

“Prayer is the risen Jesus coming in with His resurrection power, given free rein in our lives, and then using His authority to enter any situation and change things.”
~ (Ole Kristian O. Hallesby)

2013 (5-5-2013) beautiful little table set up for tea - May Day

 

 

♥ Hope you have enjoyed your time at the table with me drinking some coffee, or tea on this gorgeous                               
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Garden of My Heart

 “Say good-bye to the things that are stealing your peace and joy and get on with God’s plan for your life!”

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